The Killer

The Killer ★★★★

I struggle with so many of Fincher’s movies but this is flat out terrific. Never mind that it hones in on a frequency that I particularly adore—the rational action flick, where the stuff that happens actually makes sense and feels like the real world. Beyond that even, this is a perfect match for Fincher’s strengths; his ability to invoke a thick, resonant vibe that the audience practically luxuriates in; his deep focus on countless brilliant details; his facility with unnerving suspense; and frankly his comfort with constrained, limited scope premises. He shines here because he’s not overreaching as he so often does. This is a tight, sleek thriller and it’s absolutely fantastic.

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